Breastfeeding after diet diversification

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Your baby will get most of the nutrients even after the age of six months still from breastfeeding or milk powder – iron fortified infant formula. There would need to be supplemented meals with water, juice or cereal.

Your baby will probably eat at an interval of 2-6 hours, and if that is fed on demand, mothers should be aware that not all baby cries or screams are signals of hunger and it must set some limits in this respect (avoid feeding your baby every hour). If your baby is not breastfed are recommended milk formulas fortified with iron to meet the baby’s nutritional needs and to reduce the risk of developing iron deficiency anemia (associated with developmental problems and learning disabilities).

Iron-fortified formulas do not cause colic, constipation and gastroesophageal reflux and should not proceed to a formula with a smaller amount of iron if these symptoms occur. Up to a year, most nutrients will come from breast milk or formula, even if your baby eats solid foods.


1. Overview
2. Solids
3. Benefits of breast milk
4. When is time for weaning?


Transition to solid food should be done gradually. Parents will begin by offering small amounts of baby food, mashed or crushed, then even pieces of soft foods that children can chew or bite them through the gums.

Kids are ready for diversification when they can stand in their bottom, can walk on his knees and when chewing reflex occurs. At 6 months, most children do not have the necessary skills to move entirely to solid foods. And even if they do, solids provide insufficient nutrition compared to breast milk or formula for the first year of life.

Benefits of breast milk

Thousands of studies have confirmed the benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk increases immunity, encourages normal brain development and physical development and is a source of comfort for children.

Breastfed babies, for at least a year, have higher score on intelligence tests, suffer a much lower rate of mental illness and learning disabilities and have fewer behavior problems. Also, breastfeeding is correlated with a lower risk of developing food allergies.

When is time for weaning?

Is not the time to wean if the baby still wants to suck the breast. Experts recommend that breastfeeding be maintained at least until the age of one year, and after this age as long as the process is desired by both the mother and baby.

If you have started weaning for some reason, this should be done gradually and the mother should wait until the baby is ready to eat solid foods. If weaning is necessary before the age of 1 year is recommended to introduce milk powder formula in your baby’s food.



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